Tag Archives: Amanda Shires

Beat Surrender : Best of 2013

It’s that time of year again to try and break down this years favourites into some kind of order, truth be told the #1 choice was the easiest I’ve had to make in recent years, separating #2 through #5 was a little more difficult – they are all great albums, stylistically very different but all have outstanding songs, from #6 onwards the degree of separation reduces and to be honest if I sat down with the final list next week the order could shift significantly, in the tradition of never doing it exactly the same way year-on-year this time around I’ve gone for a more straight forward chart and the number 33 seemed an appropriate choice given the top ten all found their way into my collection on vinyl (no doubt this influenced the final choices). Having already seen a number of fellow bloggers best of’s it evident there are some big name Americana acts missing from the Beat Surrender run down, as ever too much music and not enough time.

1. Jason Isbell – Southeastern

2. Camera Obscura – Desire Lines

3. Danny & The Champions of the World – Stay True

4. Neko Case – The Worse Things Get, The Harder I Fight, The Harder I Fight, The More I Love You

5. Caitlin Rose – The Stand In

6. Lindi Ortega – Tin Star

7. Holly Williams – The Highway

8. Sturgill Simpson = High Top Mountain

9. My Darling Clementine – The Reconciliation

10. Austin Lucas – Stay Reckless

11. Frank Turner – Tape Deck Heart

12. Chris T-T & The Hoodrats – The Bear

13. Phosphorescent – Muchacho

14. John Moreland – In the Throes

15. Frankie & The Heartstrings – The Days Run Away

16. Emily Barker & The Red Clay Halo – Dear River

17. Star Anna – Go To Hell

“For Anyone” by Star Anna (official music video) from Coalter Digital on Vimeo.

18. Thee Spivs – The Crowds & The Sounds

19. Doc Feldman & the LD50 – Sundowning At The Station

20. Israel Nash Gripka – Rain Plans

21. Shona Tucker – A Tell All

22. The Lucky Strikes – The Exile & The Sea

23. Laura Cantrell – No Way Here From There

24. Possessed by Paul James -There Will Be Nights When I’m Lonely

25. Amanda Shires – Down Fell The Doves

26. Frightened Rabbit – Pedestrian Verse

27. MG Boulter – The Water Or The Wave

28 Annie Keating – For Keeps

Annie Keating – All Gone

29. The Handsome Family – Wilderness

30. Paper Aeroplanes – Little Letters

31. Wynntown Marshalls – The Long Haul

32. Slaid Cleaves – Still Fighting The War

33. Lloyd Cole – Standards

American Aquarium – Burn.Flicker.Die

BurnFlickerDie-American Aquarium

I’ve been eagerly awaiting the arrival of the new album from American Aquarium and was an early sign-up to the bands Kickstarter campaign that launched back in November of last year, the album officially gets released on August 28th but I’ve being lucky enough to get a heads-up copy from the bands PR folks and I can report back it’s a real killer release and is bound to figure on the end-of-year best-of lists.

Those familiar with some of the bands earlier releases, all of which I heartily recommend (but if you have to pick one go for Dances for the Lonely) will know the band can mix it with the very best alt-country barroom bands, on this release though they distil the passion and pain, love, loss, the highs, the lows and in-betweens (tenuous link) of a band living the rock ‘n’ roll dream at the dark end of the street.

Recorded in Muscle Shoals, Alabama with Beat Surrender favourite Jason Isbell producing and featuring guest appearances from the legendary Spooner Oldham & Amanda Shires, it’s a real treat to listen start-to-finish, the band from Raleigh, North Carolina have released their finest album yet and I really hope this one, their sixth in six years gains them a wider audience.

Fuelled by fans, powered by Ryan Johnson (Lead Guitar), Whit Wright (Pedal Steel), Bill Corbin (Bass), Kevin McClain (Drums) and steered by the barroom bard frontman BJ Barham – long may they burn the candle at both ends.

Burn.Flicker.Die = Shake.Rattle.Roll

American Aquarium – Abe Lincoln

Homepage     Facebook

Keep an eye on the wonderful CFR for an upcoming American Aquarium feature, or better still sign up for the newsletter which keeps you up-to-date and gives you access to some extras from the featured artists too.

American Aquarium

Amanda Shires · UK & Ireland Tour · April-May 2012

When You Need A Train It Never Comes by Amanda Shires

A Beat Surrender favourite Amanda Shires tours the UK and Ireland in April and May, the Texan fiddler-singer-songwriter is accompanied by long-time collaborator Rod Picott on guitar and Todd Pertll on lap steel.

There are also sessions planned with Bob Harris for his Radio 2 Sunday show and Barry Marshall-Everitt’s House Of Mercy whilst she’s over this side of the pond.

Last years album Carry Lightning made number seven on my Best of and remains a firm favourite.

APRIL

Sat 14 Turners Hill House Concert West Sussex
www.houseconcerts.org.uk

Sun 15 Kirton in Lindsey Diamond Jubilee Town Hall
www.kirtoninlindseytownhall.co.uk

Tue 17 Kinross Backstage at The Green Hotel
www.mundellmusic.com

Wed 18 Glasgow Woodend Bowling and Tennis Club
01419 591428 or 07804 447511

Thu 19 Leicester The Musician
www.themusicianpub.co.uk

Fri 20 Bedford Holy Moly’s at Esquires
www.bedfordesquires.com

Sat 21 Sheffield Greystones
www.mygreystones.co.uk

Sun 22 Nottingham The Maze www.cosmicamerican.com
www.crhmusic.com

Thu 26 Plymouth The B-Bar
www.theb-bar.co.uk

Sat 28 Lismore Rose’s West End Bar, Ireland
http://lismoreworldmusic.blogspot.com

Sun 29 Carrig-On-Bannow Colfers, Co. Wexford, Ireland
+353 51561159

Mon 30 Dublin Whelan’s (Upstairs)
www.whelanslive.com

MAY

Wed 2 Rathfriland The Brontё Centre, Co. Down, N. Ireland
www.brontemusicclub.com

Thu 3 Belfast McHugh’s Basement Cathedral Quarter Arts Festival
www.cqaf.com

Fri 4 Kilkenny Ryans Bar Kilkenny Roots Festival

Sat 5 Kilkenny Cleere’s Kilkenny Roots Festival

Sun 6 Kilkenny Ryans Bar Kilkenny Roots Festival

www.kilkennyroots.com

Buy @ Amazon

Homepage

Beat Surrender Top Ten of ’11

P1000368

1

Band of Holy Joy
How To Kill A Butterfly

Band of Holy Joy – A Clear Night, a Shooting Star, a Song for Boo by BeatSurrender

Wonderfully crafted the songs preach with a desolate beauty leaving behind plenty of food-for-thought 

I’ve listened and enjoyed some great music this year but none better than this album from Band Of Holy Joy which just stopped me in my tracks, but it doesn’t end with the musical brilliance as the CD release is packaged beautifully too in a book format with wonderful original artwork by Inga Tillere, for your chance to win a copy drop us an Email with the subject line BOHJ and I’ll pick a random entry and put a copy of the CD in the post to you (overseas entries welcome)

2
Zoe Muth & Lost High Rollers
Starlight Hotel

Muth’s vocal is just perfect, sad, sincere, achingly beautiful 

3
Jason Isbell & the 400 Unit
Here & Now

Career high from one of the best song writers around

Codeine by

4
Danny & the Champions of the World
Hearts & Arrows

Shooting straight at the heart of rock ‘n’ roll

5
The Decemberists
The King is Dead

live up to the hype it does from the first listen this record has really grabbed me 

6
The Redlands Palomino Company
Don’t Fade

cracking third from the UK’s top country rockers

The Redlands Palomino Company – Don’t Fade by BeatSurrender

7
Amanda Shires
Carrying Lightning

it’s hard not to be captivated by it

8
Drive-by Truckers
Go-Go Boots

country, soul, murder ballads, DBT keep driving forward

9
Emily Barker & the Red Clay Halo
Almanac

Top track from a top album used on the best piece of TV drama I’ve watched this year.

10
Dawes
Nothing is Wrong

wonderfully melodic and adorned with some sweet sounding guitar and the sibling harmonies

Please support the artists.

Buy the CD’s, Vinyl, Downloads, T-Shirts and go see them live.

Related Posts with Thumbnails